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Orange Pi Plus 2 Allwinner H3 Board Includes 2GB Memory

Shenzhen Xunlong has made yet another Allwinner H3 board. It’s called Orange Pi Plus 2 with basically the same specifications as Orange Pi Plus, but the layout has been modified with a slightly wider board, and the RAM upgraded from 1GB to 2GB.

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Orange Pi Plus 2 specifications:

  • SoC – Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.2 GHz with ARM Mali-400MP2 GPU up to 600 MHz
  • System Memory – 2GB DDR3
  • Storage – 8GB eMMC, micro SD card slot, SATA interface (via a USB to SATA chip),
  • Video Output – HDMI, AV port
  • Audio I/O – HDMI, AV port, on-board microphone
  • Connectivity – 10/100/1000M Ethernet, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi (Realtek RTL8189ETV)
  • USB – 4x USB 2.0 host ports, 1x micro USB OTG port
  • Camera – CSI Interface
  • Expansions – 40-pin Raspberry Pi Model A+/B+ (mostly) compatible header
  • Debugging – 3-pin UART header for serial console
  • Misc – IR receiver; Power, recovery, and upgrade buttons
  • Power Supply – 5V/2A via barrel jack or micro USB OTG; Power and status LEDs
  • Dimensions – 108 x 67 mm (Pi Plus is 108 x 60 mm)
  • Weight – 52 grams
The board is said to support Android 4.4 , Lubuntu, Debian, and Rasberry Pi Images. The later should not be taken as face value, and simply means a Raspbian image for Orange Pi Plus 2 will be provided. I’m just pointed it out because a few people have tried to run actual Raspberry Pi images on the board, which obviously won’t as unified Linux kernels images booting on different processors are not available yet, but this will change by the end of the year, or early next year, with Linaro likely providing a single Kernel image for Hisilicon and Qualcomm processors used in 96 Boards.

Orange_Pi_Plus_2_BoardOrange Pi Plus 2 and Plus 3 were first mentioned on Orange Pi forums, with Orange Pi Plus 3 being an upcoming Allwinner H64 quad core Cortex A53 board, so Allwinner H64 is not dead finally, despite Nobel64 board never making it to market. Nevertheless, the new boards were not exactly welcomed by the community that complained about the lack of properly working software and documentation, and instead was seeing new boards being churned out by the company. I thought about showing a picture of a brick for the new board, but finally decided against it :).

So that means we now have 5 Orange Pi boards powered by Allwinner H3 processor. One website did a comparison table, which I translated and reproduced here, adding a row for price (without shipping).

Orange Pi Plus Orange Pi Plus 2 Orange Pi 2 Orange Pi mini 2 Orange Pi PC
CPU Allwinner H3(4x Cortex-A7 @ 1.2 GHz)
RAM 1GB 2GB 1GB
Flash eMMC 8GB No
microSD slot Yes
SATA port Yes No
LAN 10/100/1000M 10/100M
Wireless LAN Yes (RTL8189ETV) No
USB 4 ports + 1x micro USB OTG 3 ports + 1 micro USB OTG
Buttons Power, Recovery, Uboot Power
IR receiver Yes
Microphone Yes
Dimensions (mm) 108×60 108×67 93×60 85×55
Weight (g) 50g 52g 46g 45g 38g
Price (USD) $39 $49 $30 $25 $15

So while software support and documentation is far from optimal, if you can get the board working for your applications, it’s hard to beat the price for the features set offered n Orange Pi boards. Orange Pi Plus 2 is available now for $49 plus shipping ($3.26 to my location).

  1. Steve
    November 9th, 2015 at 18:29 | #1

    If only Allwinner had decent Open Source driver support for their CedarX VPU then this would be great.

    Sadly, unlike Raspberry Pis and AMLogic, they don’t have decent Linux driver support, so any hope of using this as a decent Linux-based media player are misplaced. There’s a reason the Allwinner has lousy-to-non-existent Kodi support.

  2. Chris
    November 9th, 2015 at 19:05 | #2

    @Steve
    Do you think all Develepmentboards are have to be Mediaplayers? Just buy one of the Mediaplayers out there…

  3. LinAdmin
    November 9th, 2015 at 21:59 | #3

    @Chris
    It is not only the media player sw.
    It is also the fact that Allwinner continues knowingly to violate the GPL!

    Allwinner makes money by selling the chips but let’s the sunxi community do the hard work on software.

  4. JotaMG
    November 9th, 2015 at 22:18 | #4

    ” I thought about showing a picture of a brick for the new board, but finally decided against it 🙂 ”

    Nice humor!
    🙂

  5. November 9th, 2015 at 23:07 | #5

    As mentioned already, it is a shame these don’t have better software / support…Because from a hardware perspective quad-core CPU + 2gb RAM + 8gb eMMC + Gigabit ethernet for $49 is definitely a good price.

  6. Nz1
    November 10th, 2015 at 03:57 | #6

    They have sold out, but they only had 33 units for sale. My guess is they were getting rid of sample/test units.
    The 2gigs of ram is very helpful at the moment as it stops excessive swapping which the 1gig units are prone to, or so I have read in the forums. Its supposed to be caused by a bug in linux.

  7. Steve
    November 10th, 2015 at 19:36 | #7

    @Chris
    Not at all Chris – but there are always people who see the Pi name and think it offers similar functionality. As the Raspberry Pi 2 is a popular media player, people often assume that other “Pi” boards are too.

    There are frequent questions on the Kodi forums about Allwinner support in Kodi from people who have bought, or are about to buy, boards like the Orange Pi…

    And absolutely there are many other options for using these boards – though the fact that they have HDMI connectors and Android suggests that they are including media playback as a target market at least in part.

  8. peter
    November 11th, 2015 at 19:43 | #8

    @miniNodes

    I dont get it, why they dont get it… The success of the RPI has a lot to do with the effort to provide decent support. I would happily pay 100% more for a SBC, if such support would be guarantied.

  9. November 12th, 2015 at 22:13 | #9

    @cnx-soft H3 board have finished Mali gpu driver. Next is VPU hardware acceleration. Orange Pi PC/Plus/Pi2/mini2 have more than fifteen Linux distribution through orange pi community contribution. Thank loboris,jacer,magicse,whitewind,fritz and so on.

  10. nofun
    November 17th, 2015 at 17:39 | #10

    Chris :
    @Steve
    Do you think all Develepmentboards are have to be Mediaplayers? Just buy one of the Mediaplayers out there…

    its not about mediaplayers
    it;s about compatibility and support – they continue to sell product that not work in some situations, so it’s partially broken.

    i want to use mediaplayer features from time to time only, and i dont want another box in my room. so i still waiting for box that fullfill my needs.
    currently own bananapi which share the same compatibility issue.

  11. JotaMG
    November 17th, 2015 at 21:08 | #11

    @Steven

    Is that so??
    Then, can you tell me why you have so many dissatisfied clients???
    I have a board from you that never worked…
    Thank you!!!

  12. May 22nd, 2016 at 05:23 | #12

    I’m running Pubuntu on my opi+2 – I just got it installed last night and it was technically challenging but very cool. It supposedly has all the drivers and acceleration software to take advantage of the little computer board. i haven’t been able to test it yet. I do know the wifi, hdmi to our t.v. and usb ports with standard mouse and keyboard worked fine. At first i couldn’t get the USB ports to work and then I tried some other linux flavors…oh it was a tricky thing.

  13. Ruben
    August 25th, 2016 at 02:41 | #13

    @pThomas
    Hi,
    How is your testing coming along?

    TIA
    Ruben

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